Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on October 21, 1970 · Page 1
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Soy Moss rp n o Umi By CLIFF JOHNSON and DON RIGIIETTI Sentinel Stall Writers Throe people seen in the vicinity of Virginia Ohta's car while it was parked in Bonny Doon Tuesday and seen later near the tunnel where the station wagon was burned in the Rincon area off Highway 9 are being sought for investigation of murder, Sheriff Doug James said today. James said about 40 men were searching the mountainous area near Henry Cowell State Park for two men and a worn-an, all in their early 20s, all having long hair, one carrying an orange backpack. "We are following up every lead ve can get," James said. He said deputies have found what appeared to be a campsite used by the trio in Bnnny Doon, where the car was first seen. Search for the vehicle which began when Soqucl Assistant Fire Chief Ernie Negro noticed it missing, at the death scene, ended late Tuesday afternoon when a Southern Pacific train crashed into it in a tunnel near the southern portion of Henry Cowell park. James said the car had been set afire in an attempt to destroy evidence. The car is being checked for fingerprints by state investigators. There were three sets of footprints leading from the car to the river James said. One of them was made by bare feet. A white van, possibly the one , seen on Rodeo Gulch Road about the time of the murders, has been impounded by Santa Clara authorities. Sheriff's investigators were in San Jose checking on the vehicle at press time. The investigation began Monday night at 8:25 p.m. when Live Oak Fire Chief Dick Pound discovered the bodies of Dr. Victor Ohta, 45, his wife, Virginia, 43, sons Derrick, 12, Tag- gart, 11, and his secretary, Dorothy Cadwallader, 38, In the swimming pool of the Ohta's burning home on Rodeo Gulch Road. An autopsy Tuesday revealed that Dr. Ohta had been shot twice in the back and once under the arm with a .38 pistol. The two women and two boys were shot in the base of the neck with a .22, Sheriff James said. There are indications that some of the victims were alive when they were toppled into the pool, and may have drowned. The victims were bound with Dr. Ohta's colorful silk scarfs. Some were blindfolded. James said there were no signs of burglary, and no Sharon Tate-style . blood scrawlings were found. Asked if any messages at all were found at the scene, James said, "No comment." Sheriff James issued an appeal that anyone who was in the Rodeo Gulch Road vicinity, or who know of the Ohtas' or Mrs. Cadwallader's whereabouts between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, contact his office, unless they have already done so. The San Iirenzo Valley between Santa Cruz and Fclton was an armed camp Tuesday night as scores of policemen arid dogs combed the rugged area for the slayers. Frightened residents huddled behind locked doors and admitted to reporters, "We're ready to shoot anything that walks." The auto, belonging to Mrs. Ohta, was discovered when a Southern Pacific train banged into it 150 feet inside the tunnel. The vehicle's scats had been set ablaze, as had Dr. Ohta's home, but the car was discovered before the flames had done extensive damage. Railroad men felt the hood of the car after it had been struck by their train and reported the motor still was warm. The vehicle, object of an intensive search since the slay-ings were discovered, first was reported by a Bonny Doon woman late Tuesday afternoon. She said it was parked and empty on Empire Grade Road (Continued on Page 6) Weather MONTEREY BAY AREA-lncrea sing cloudiness leading to occasional rain this evening turning showery Thursday. Little temperature change. High Thursday In th Ms. Low tonight In the Ms. Winds becoming southerly 15 to 25 mph tonight. Temperatures for 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. today: High o5, low 47. A vv WW 1 tUJ. i i 115th Year-No. 249 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 21, 1970 52 Pages 10c V T 4ny-i Unilateral Cease-IFire (Plain emtied By White Inlouse WASHINGTON (AP) - South- Sheriff's deputies remove the battered station wagon believed to have been used by the culprits in Monday's mass slayings. The vehicle was discovered late Tuesday afternoon in the Rincon railroad tunnel off Highway 9 below Felton. Railmen said the tunnel was empty when they passed through at 3 p.m., but that they collided with the car, which had been abandoned in the tunnel and set afire, when the train made its return run at 4:45 p.m. Sheriff's deputies launched an extensive manhunt in the San Lorenzo Valley area. (Photo by Sentinel Photographer Bill Lovejoy) east Asian experts speculated today the United States and the Saigon government would declare shortly a unilateral cease fire in South Vietnam but the White House promptly Issued a denial. Presidential press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler, referring to the five-point peace proposal made last month by President Nixon said: "We plan no announcements beyond the ones we already have made on Vietnam." Ziegler said the White House believes that negotiation "is the quickest way to gain a peace in Vietnam and Indochina and that is the path we are pursuing." "We do not plan to announce any further initiatives," he said. In Saigon, meantime, there were indications the South Viet namese government was preparing for a one-sided truce., Several Saigon newspapers carried reports today that President Nguyen Van Thieu had instructed all province chiefs and mayors to give maximum pro tection to the land and people under government control in or der to be ready for a cease-fire Informed sources said Thieu's instructions were to eliminate as ett'.ciently as possible any Viet Cong or Viet Cong sympathizers who attempted to "show the flag" or claim land as being politirt l leaders to an extraordinary meeting in the coastal city of Vung Tau this weekend. The meeting with all four negotiate peace for all Indochina. The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong rejected the Nixon plan. Thieu said last week he ince cniets, about zbu district chiefs and 25 Cabinet ministers was reported called to discuss the new U.S.-South Vietnamese under Viet Cong control follow- initiative and iMe tMrt s firnci.tiro 1 . ... ing a cease-fire. The sources also reported Thieu had ordered the Phoenix program, designed to neutralize the Viet Cong political infras tructure, tripled in intensity immediately. Thieu has summoned all of South Vietnam's military and corps commanders, all 44 prov- does not believe "the Viet Cong would be inclined to accept a political settlement of the war. Some quarters believe that the allies had little to lose by declaring a unilateral cease-fire, and that they conceivably could reap a propaganda harvest. American and South Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam have recently been in a mainly-defensive' military posture. If the enemy broke the cease-fire the al .es could then counterattack inself-defense. standstill cease-fire. A one-sided cease-fire if it comes would appear to be a followup to the five-point peace plan advanced by President Nixon Oct. 7. This called for both sides to declare a cease fire and among other things proposed an enlarged conference to Weath erman s Woman Leader Now In Algeria Cmmyin)ii4y Shocked By Sloyirigs By BRUCE McPHERSON Sentinel Staff Writer A "very depressed" and "shocked" Santa Cruz community today pondered over the Monday night mass slayings of Dr. Victor Ohta, his wife, two children and secretary. His colleagues recognized him as a most competent eye specialist, his patients admired him and the man-on-the-street who did not know him, expressed grief at the incident. Dr. Louis Wileman, president of the Medical Plaza Associa tion of which Dr. Ohta was a member, said the doctor was "a perfectionist in everything he did. " "Never once did I ever hear him speak an angry word to anybody. He was a compassionate, non-violent type of person." Dr. Wileman added Dr. Ohta was "an expert at using his hands," adding that in his hobbies that included gardening and woodwork, Dr. Ohta would work at something until completely satisfied, or else start over again. He added that Dr. Ohta was "a family man in every sense of the word." He said the main reason he had such a beautiful home was that "he spent most of his time at home," working on it himself. "Dr. Ohta was always friendly and always generous to give to charitable organizations," Dr. Wileman said. "All of us in the community will miss the Ohta family." Many of the patients Dr. Ohta served said they owed their sight to him. At a meeting in Ben Lomond Tuesday, Leo Lemon, Ben Lomond recreation park custodian said, "If it wasn't for the doctor (Ohta), I wouldn't have my eyesight today." Duane Weber, lessee of an Aptos service station, recalled that about five years ago a tire blew up in his face while inflating a tube. "Everything turned black," Weber said. "The first doctor that observed me said there wasn't much hope I would see (Continued on Page 6) TWA Strike Is Settled living Costs ALGIERS (AP) BernardineiYippie writer Stew Albert and Dohrn, sought by the FBI as one Martin Kenner, head of the Pan-of its 10 most wanted suspects, ther Defense Committee, were has joined fugitives Timothy also members of the delegation, Leary and Eldridge Cleaver in the spokesman said. She dis- Algeria, Cleaver said today. I played a letter from Albert say' WASHINGTON (AP) - Hostesses and pursers for Trans World Airlines withdrew their picket lines today after the National Mediation Board announced that the carrier and the Transport Workers Union had reached an agreement in princi pal. The strike began when talks collapsed shortly after a strike deadline Tuesday morning at 12:01 a.m. The walkouts forced TWA to TRAVEL v tril ESTABLISHED 1870 A division of Diners Club Exclusive representative of Ambassador's Club International All m&jor credit cards accepted 741 Cliff Street San Lorenzo Park Plaza Santa Cruz, Calif, 95060 (408) 423-5445 Ambassadors Club Internationa! presents . . . HAWAII GRAND! 15 days ... 6 islands $499.00 V Departs SAN JOSE 'Dec. 20th and there is still limited space available. Plui tx. ( Phone now for reservations and information. cancel its domestic srevice and sharply curtailed international flights. Angus McClure, a spokesman for the airline, sajd in New York that it would take at least 24 hours to restore full domestic and international service. He said some of TWA's 435 weekday flights would begin, operating this afternoon out of New York's Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. "Our schedules are completely shot," McClure said. "We have to reposition aircraft and crew members throughout the country and we're not sure how long that will take." The striking employes said they would go back to work before terms of the agreement, subject to ratification by the stewardesses and pursers, are disclosed. A spokesman at LaGuardia said "the strikers seem to think all is settled and all is fine and good." At Boston's Logan International Airport the striking stewardesses said they were "completely satisfied" by the terms of the tentative contract. "Boy, you never saw a happier bunch of girls in your life," said Stewardess Rosemary Gau-dct, an official of the local TWU council, Francis A. O'Neill, mediator at the talks, said final language of the new contract expected to extend for three years-would be written during the day. Show Increase WASHINGTON (AP) - The pace of rising living costs quickened again in September, going up four-tenths of one per cent because of higher prices for clothing, housing and consumer services, the government reported today. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said last month's rise was even higher on a seasonally adjusted basis-five-tenths of one per cent. The September rise somewhat dampened Nixon administration hopes for its anti-inflation campaign that had been raised in August by one of the smallest monthly hikes in several years of two-tenths of one per cent. The September rise pushed the consumer price index to 1J6.6, meaning it cost $13. last month for every $10 worth of typical family purchases in the 1957-59 period on which the index is based. However, the bureau noted there still was an easing of the nation's worst inflation in 20 years. It said the seasonally-adjusted annual rate of increase had declined to 4.2 per cent in the third quarter of 1970 from 5.8 per cent in the second quar ter and 6.3 per cent in the first quarter of the year. The September report said grocery prices declined three-tenths of one per cent, but because they usually drop more In that month it was figured as a rise of four-tenths on a seasonal basis. In other major categories, clothing prices rose 1.6 per cent for the month, housing six tenths, medical care five-tenths, transportation three-tenths and recreation four-tenths. The report said prices of eggs, lettuce and celery rose in con trast to usual declines in September. But beef, pork and poultry prices dropped instead of showing their usual small September increase. "Prices of new cars declined much less than is normal for this time of year," the report said. "Used car prices dropped Gasoline prices increased, par ticularly m Los Angeles, after declining in August. Apparel prices were up substantially, Prices of houses rose signiti cantly for the second month in a row. Charges for consumer serv ices rose six-tenths of one per cent, it said. "Prices for transportation were sharply higher due to increased automobile insurance rates and airplane, train and lo cal transit fares. Increases in mortgage interest costs, prices! ot nome maintenance and re pair services, and property tcx- es were important factors in the increase in the cost of household services," the bureau said. "Charges for medical care and other services continued to rise," it said. Cleaver, the Black Panther leader, said in a telephone interview that Miss Dohrn, 28, would appear with Leary at a news conference here Thursday. The arrival of Leary, once the major American advocate of the use of hallucinatory drugs, was announced Tuesday. He plans to work with the Black Panther pat v. "Miss Dohrn's presence here exposes J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI as the paper tigers they are," Cleaver said. Miss Dohrn, 28, is described by the FBI as a leader of the extremist Weatherman faction of Students for a Democratic So ciety, a radical group calling for revolution in the United States. She is sought on charges of pos session and transporting of ex' plosives with Intent to injure. Lear, who escaped from prison in San Luis Obispo, Cal if., Sept. 12 arrived in Algiers Saturday with his wife Rose mary, informed sources report ed. The Algerian news agency an nounced his arrival and said he had been granted asylum in Algeria. Shortly before the Algerian statement was issued, the Yip- pies the Youtn international party- announced in New York that the former Harvard lecturer was "alive and well and high in Algiers." The Yippies held a news conference outside the Women's House of Detention in New York and rclepsed a letter signed by Leary that said: "I offer living gratitude to my sifters and brothers in the Weatherman underground who designed and executed my release." Yippie leaders also produced a letter from Bernardino Dohrn, who replaced Angela Davis on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List after Miss Davis was captured last week in New York. Miss Dohrn's letter said the Weathermen have "had the honor and pleasure of helping Dr. Timothy Leary to escape from the row camp at San Luis Obispo, Calif." A spokesman said a Yippie delegation including Miss Dohrn's sister, Jennifer, had cone to Algeria to welcome Leary as he "came to the sur face from the underground." ing Leary and his wife plan to rent a house in the Algerian countryside. Informants in Algeria said the Learys arrived Saturday and are staying with Eldridge Cleaver, fugitive minister of information of the Black Panther party, in his villa in the suburb of El Bw. Leary, 50, escaped from a minimum-security prison at San Luis Obispo while serving a sentence of 6V2 months to 10 years. He also faces a 10-year sentence in Texas for smuggling marijuana into the United States from Mexico. He apparently scaled a chain-link fence while.on a work detail and walked away. His prison' clothes were found the next day in the rest room of a filling station eight miles away. Cleaver, author of the best-seller "Soul on Ice," jumped $50,000 bail and fled the United States in 1968. He is charged with attempted murder in connection with a shootout between police and Black Panthers in Oakland, Calif. The Black Panther party opened an office last month in Algiers. Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To American OSLO, Norway (AP) Nor-iAugust and said: "The world's man Ernest Borlaug, American 'population problem is a monster agricultural expert who helpedlwhich, unless tamed, will one the world develop better grains through the so-called "Green Revolution," today was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Borlaug, 56, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he specialized in plant pathology. He now lives in Mex ico City. He was born of Norwegian-American parents in Cresco, Iowa. He is director at the Rockefel ler Foundation and heads a team of scientists from 17 na tions experimenting with still new types of high-yielding grains at the Rockefeller Agrt cultural Institute in Mexico, The prize this year, the 52nd so far, is $80,000 and the tradi tional gold medal. The prize will be handed over here Dec. 10. The last American to receive the Peace Prize was Martin Luther King Jr., in 1964. Previous American winners included Gen. George C. Marshall, Ralph J. Bunche and Dr. Linus Paul ing. Last year the Peace Prize went to the International Labor Organization, based in Geneva. Borlaug visited Norway last day wipe us from the earth's surface." The five-member Noble Com mittee of the Storting, Norway's Parliament, said Borlaug has a central position In international research work trying to help in feeding the masses of developing countries through the "Green Revolution." Today's Index Page Amusements 9 Ann Landers . 2 Bridge Column 30 Business News 12 Comics 16 Crossword 16 Classified Ads 17-20 Editorial Features 21 Food 15-36 Horoscope 16 Merry-Go-Round 30 Mostly About People 15 Radio" Programs 30 Sports 10-11 Stocks 12 TV Programs 30 Tree 'n' Sea Living 3 4 Vitals 13 Weather .. .., ....13 ' h

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